DHS Kingfisher County director arrested, placed on leave

Steven Torres was arrested Dec. 7 in Garfield County on complaints of driving under the influence and possession of CDS.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: December 15, 2011
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The Department of Human Services' Kingfisher County director has been placed on leave after he was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

Steven Torres, 52, was arrested in Garfield County on Dec. 7, according to court documents. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Sheree Powell said Torres' job status is currently being reviewed and he is not in contact with clients.

“As a public agency, we hold our employees to a very high standard and do not hesitate to take disciplinary action when it is warranted,” Powell said. “Anytime an employee is charged with a misdemeanor, we examine those cases on an individual basis considering all of the facts and take whatever disciplinary actions are appropriate.”

Torres has worked for DHS since 1997. His current title is County Director II and he earns a salary of $52,743.60 annually. Powell said she could not comment on whether or not Torres is being paid while on leave because the case is under review by DHS officials.

Attempts to reach Torres for comment were unsuccessful.

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